Sea Acres is a medium sized holiday park with static caravans, tent and tourer pitches. It’s situated 5 miles north of Lizard Point and Kynance cove, has lovely sea views from the park and the closest beach is a short walk down the hill. It has a good balance of children and family entertainment on-site as well as space for adults without children to hang out. It is small enough to feel warm and welcoming, but large enough to have plenty to do.
I loved the pool. It was unassuming, great for swimming laps and it was quiet most of the time. It is a pool for swimming with an adjacent splash pool for little ones – just the type of pool we love aend enjoy. My 4-year old loved the outdoor play spaces, the evening entertainment with Sid and Lizy and most of all, the morning she spent making lava lamps, sticking skewers through balloons and blowing bubbles inside bubbles. My husband appreciated the Costa’s Americano and free wi-fi whilst available in the same room as the children’s entertainment.
Sea Acres is not the newest, flashiest or biggest holiday park, but it quickly became one of my personal favourites because it has character and personality.
Prices start at around £99 for 3-4 nights (week or weekends) for a caravan that sleeps up to 8. The cost varies depending on multiple factors, including the number of guests, length of stay and season. The Parkdean website lists a 3-bedroom caravan that sleeps up to 8 for £549 for 4 nights in August 2016 on the Parkdean website. That is £17 per person per night at full capacity or £137.25 per night for up to 8 guests.
Included in the box
Caravans: Gas fire in lounge, fitted kitchen with gas cooker, oven and grill, bathroom with shower and toilet, fridge, TV, gas and electricity and bed linen.
Touring and camping pitches: Use of all showers and toilets with unlimited hot water.
The on-site facilities are proportional to the size of the park – a smaller park has smaller entertainment areas. Size isn’t everything and all the facilities at Sea Acres were clean, well-maintained and enjoyable to use.
Free use of the following facilities are included in your stay:
Under 5’s play area and adventure play area
Nine hole pitch ‘n’ putt
Nine hole crazy golf
Nature trail with wild meadow
Indoor swimming pool and splash pool
Soft play area
Free entertainment every night
Paid Extras: Food and drinks are not included. Up to 2 dogs are allowed at a cost of £30 per dog per week.
Retailer: Parkdean Sea Acres on-line booking
“Parkdean is a UK focused self-catering Holiday Park operator with 24 Holiday Parks; fifteen in the South West of England, six in Scotland, two in South Wales and one in Norfolk.
The company was established in 1999 and offers a range of quality accommodation, including caravan holiday homes, lodges, apartments and chalets, which are available for short breaks and longer holidays throughout the year.” Read more on their official site.
The Ergohacks Evaluation
Sea Acres Holiday Park is accessible to people with diverse abilities. Standard caravans contain everything needed and adapted caravans are available for wheelchair users and the severely disabled.
Its design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and circumstances. Families are welcomed, children are catered for, but for those looking for a place to enjoy a beach stay without being surrounded by children, facilities are made available at different times.
It is easy to book, easy to find and checking in and out is a straight forward process. Once checked in, locating your accommodation is simple and we had a detailed information pack about the opening times, events, facilities and specials available for the duration of our stay.
The caravans have good central heating and the windows open so that a cool sea breeze blowing through the caravan ensures even hot days are not too hot. There are indoor and outdoor facilities and plenty to do on both wet and clear days.
Information is presented in written format and staff on-site are happy to answer any questions.
The park has an ergonomic design with most facilities situated in a central point that is easily accessible from all the accommodation and there is also parking, including disabled bays, in the central area. In addition, the largest outdoor play area is separately located in the middle of the accommodation, making that easily accessible as well.
The caravans follow a standard design. The taps in our caravan were not particularly accessible, they had old style turn handles, see image above, and the internal door and cupboard knobs were small and hard to use with any dexterity issues. There is a single step to enter the caravan (adapted caravans have ramps), but it is level throughout.
The internal space is compact, the aisle is narrow and there is not much open floor space in either the bathroom or kitchen to move – which is to say, it is a standard caravan.
Environment & People
Recycling facilities are available on-site and easy to access. Water and electric use is controlled by occupants – use as much or as little of either as you want.
Sea Acres is a cost-effective choice for a great beach holiday and well situated to explore the local area that has much to offer. It is good value even without the on-site facilities and we appreciated the opportunity to have a day or two without having to travel with all entertainment and facilities for both adults and children provided on-site.
Travel season: Summer
Location: The Lizard, Cornwall, TR12 7LT
Booking: On-line booking or telephone booking during office hours
Check-in Time: 4 p.m. All facilities at the park can be used on the day prior to check-in time.
Check-out Time: 10 a.m Guests can continue to make use of on-site park facilities after checking out.
Temperature: Central heating and double glazing in caravans. Some windows open, but no fans or air-conditioning.
Camping and touring pitches or 2/3-bedroom static caravans that sleep up to 6/8.
The bedrooms, beds and bedding is reasonably good quality and during our mid-week stay in July nights were quiet and peaceful.
Recommend packing: Black-out mask or blind if travelling with small children or have photophobia (light sensitivity), extra blanket for cold sleepers – the summer duvet is 4.5 tog, own pillow for side-sleepers – the pillows provided are thin and flat.
Shower and dress
The bathroom is small but has everything required with a shower, sink and toilet. There is a heater in the bathroom and toilet paper is supplied. Accessible accommodation* has grabbed rails fitted and a raised toilet seat.
Recommend packing: Toilet paper, a hand towel, towels and toiletries and a bath mat (or extra towel). Opening the shower door dripped a fair amount of water onto the floor in front of the toilet which made it quite slippery.
The kitchen is adequate and comes with white goods, including a microwave, oven and hob and cooking your own meals are convenient. Our oven was not great, but I have never had a great oven in a holiday caravan and I would not heavily rely on oven cooked meals, but everything was in good, working order. The on-site shop is relatively small and the nearest supermarket and local shops are in Helston – stop in there before driving out to Sea Acres.
There is a restaurant, take-out and bar(s) on-site that serves, drinks, Costa coffee and food. We skipped the restaurant, tried the take-out, but it the quality was satisfactory, but we were not tempted to buy a second meal there. There is a small cafe at the beach that sells hot pasties and good ice-cream.
Recommend packing: Pick up groceries for self-catering in Helston.
Connectivity: The connectivity was unreliable with dodgy mobile coverage and although wifi was available in the bar, it just enough to be able to check email, but we couldn’t get an Ebay payment to go through – it just kept dropping out. A great place to be when getting away from it all.
Electric: Electric use in the caravan is at the user’s discretion. There are standard plugs in all the rooms and plenty of places to plug in and charge up.
If hiring a touring or tent pitch, bring your own facilities, i.e. tent or tourer, there is no pre-pitched or glamping tents on-site.
Sea Acres Holiday Park is a friendly, down-to-earth place to stay. It has breathtaking views, a lovely little beach just down the road and plenty to see and do in the local area. It’s quiet and secluded, clean and neat and we had a wonderful stay. Highly recommended.
This travel review is based on a 4 night stay in a 3-bedroom caravan during July 2015. First published on 4 September 2015.